Foreigners sometimes feel isolated by the mass social gatherings when going out, but unless you see another way in, you'll just have to brave it and charge – and accept the possible public rejection, or possibly even a group first date.
Some report the Dutch avoid making ‘real' connections with foreigners, making it difficult to get past the first Dutch dating hurdle and settle down.
Relying on the Dutch penchant for modesty and honesty, your compliments should be the same.
Forget the sugar-coating – being down-to-earth and direct will earn a lot more points with a Dutch man or Dutch girls. Friends also usually kiss three times on the cheek in greeting; some strangers may kiss when being introduced to someone through a common friend, although a handshake is more common. It is not uncommon to split the bill on the first date – right down to the last cent's worth of what you ate – regardless of whether your're dating a Dutch man or woman.
Another option is for one person to pay for, say, drinks and the other for movie tickets.
Either way, be prepared that a date is not always going to be free ride, nor will free drinks in bars be that forthcoming from Dutch men.
Being successful in Dutch dating can require a level of assertiveness: if you want something, just do it.
The Netherlands has less of a dating culture than other countries, for example the US or UK.
You can play girl games, car games, football games, action games, two player games, adventure games, online games, puzzle games, sport games, ben 10 games, kids games, boy games, battle games, fighting games, mario games, funny games and hundreds more.
Don't take it personally if your date shows up in sneakers or arrives at a fancy event in jeans.